Bragan's Redemptive ROOTing for 2021

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Bragan's Redemptive ROOTing for 2021

Jan 1, 2021, 5:27 pm

Hello, all! Glad to be back here for another year of reading and ROOTing! I said at the beginning of last year that my main concern was going to be getting my TBR total down. Well, life did not work out that way, as apparently ridiculous amounts of online book-shopping where the only way for me to survive 2020 with any semblance of sanity intact. But 2021 is a brand new year, and the goal now is to redeem myself by following up lots of book-buying with lots of book-reading!

To that end, I've raised my ROOT goal again. Don't ask me exactly how I picked 85 ROOTs as a goal. It just seemed like about the right number.

Jan 1, 2021, 6:26 pm

Welcome back and good luck in whittling the TBR pile back down to size! I hope 2021 is a better year.

Jan 1, 2021, 8:22 pm

>2 rabbitprincess: Thanks! I certainly hope it's better for all of us. And I am optimistic about whittling down the TBR, although, let's be honest, I feel that way every year. :)

Jan 1, 2021, 8:53 pm

Happy reading and good luck with your goal!

Editado: Jan 10, 2021, 7:29 am

Hi Bragan, so glad to see you are back for another year! Happy New Year and Happy ROOTing.

Jan 2, 2021, 8:54 am

Good luck with both goals (reading and whittling!). Let's hope 2021 is infinitely less sucky than 2020!

Editado: Jan 2, 2021, 11:19 am

Thanks all! Happy Reading and ROOTing you all of you. And, yes, I am really hoping for a better 20201!

Jan 2, 2021, 12:03 pm

>7 bragan: That's far into the future, Bragan. I'm afraid none of us will live that long. ;-))

Jan 2, 2021, 12:24 pm

>7 bragan: LOL! Wow, what a typo! Well, I hope 20201 is good, too, even if I'm not around to see it. But for now, I will instead concentrate on having a good 2021. :)

Jan 2, 2021, 3:36 pm

Good luck on your whittling!

Jan 2, 2021, 5:20 pm

>10 cyderry: Thanks! I'm already working diligently on it!

Jan 2, 2021, 5:22 pm

And here we go! My first ROOT of the year! Which I've only had for a few months, but one of the great things about the start of a new year is that all those recently purchased books magically turn into ROOTs at the stroke of midnight. (At least, they do the way I count them, anyway.)

I'm also pleased to have started the year with a book I enjoyed this much:

1. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

Jan 2, 2021, 5:46 pm

>12 bragan: That one is on my STBR-list too!

Jan 2, 2021, 5:48 pm

>13 connie53: It's a very strange book, but for me it was strange in just the right ways!

Jan 3, 2021, 3:02 am

It's our book of the month on my RL book-club, so I've committed to reading it. Now I just have to find the time to do so.

Jan 3, 2021, 12:23 pm

>15 connie53: It's not a very long book, at least, and I found it a nice quick read. So hopefully it won't be too difficult to find the time!

Editado: Jan 10, 2021, 7:29 am

>16 bragan: I have so many books I want to read because of the many new challenges that started on the first of January, I don't know where to start. But I'm sure I will get around to it sometime this year, ;-))

Jan 3, 2021, 1:26 pm

I hope this year we both manage to make a dent in last year's comfort/panic buys. I count ROOTs the same way, so I'm also cheered by the fact that all the books I received for Christmas suddenly count as ROOTs, even if it feels a bit cheat-y!

Jan 4, 2021, 12:24 am

>17 connie53: I do understand not knowing where to start. I feel that way pretty much all the time.

>18 Rebeki: Cheat-y, maybe, but oh so satisfying!

Jan 4, 2021, 4:11 pm

2. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter.

This wasn't even one that magically turned into a shiny new ROOT at midnight on Jan 1. I've had it sitting on my TBR shelves for more than five years. And boy am I kicking myself now for not having gotten to it sooner!

Jan 5, 2021, 2:02 am

>20 bragan: That happened a lot to me too.

Jan 5, 2021, 8:44 am

Welcome back and happy reading!

Jan 5, 2021, 11:34 am

>22 MissWatson: Thanks, and to you, too!

Jan 6, 2021, 9:50 pm

3. Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It by Adam Savage.

I feel like I'm starting the year off at a really nice clip. We'll see how long I can keep it up...

Jan 9, 2021, 10:46 pm

4. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam.

Jan 10, 2021, 7:30 am

4 down! Wow, you are moving real fast.

Jan 10, 2021, 2:42 pm

>26 connie53: Yes, I am off to a very good start to the year, reading-wise!

Jan 14, 2021, 8:57 pm

5. The Book of Dzur by Steven Brust.

Jan 15, 2021, 10:12 pm

6. Humans by Brandon Stanton.

Jan 18, 2021, 6:06 pm

Jan 18, 2021, 8:41 pm

David Wong has some great titles!

Jan 18, 2021, 10:18 pm

>31 rabbitprincess: He really does. And they definitely give you an idea of what you're getting into!

Jan 28, 2021, 7:47 pm

OK, skipping over my first two non-ROOTs of the year (an Early Reviewers book I got this month and one that was borrowed from a friend), we come to:

8. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

Fev 1, 2021, 12:59 am

Fev 1, 2021, 1:41 am

And there we go, we've made it through January! Let's see what things look like for the month...


Books Acquired: 15
Books Acquired YTD: 15
Books Read: 11 (including one borrowed book that doesn't come off the TBR)
Books Read YTD: 11
ROOTS Read: 9
ROOTS Read YTD: 9/85
Current TBR Total: 1,106
TBR Total Change YTD: +5

So far, I am not yet living up to my resolution to read more books than I acquire this year, thanks to some books I ordered in December that didn't arrive until January, plus a couple of ER books and one belated Christmas present. Next month will hopefully be better in that respect, though. And at least the ROOTing is going well so far. I'd also say it was a very rewarding month of reading, overall, which, of course, is the most important thing.

Fev 4, 2021, 7:45 pm

Fev 11, 2021, 8:38 pm

11. The Legends of River Song by Jenny T. Colgan, et al.

Fev 12, 2021, 3:57 am

>36 bragan: I had to smile reading that title.

Fev 12, 2021, 6:53 pm

>38 connie53: It was a fun book, too!

Fev 13, 2021, 8:41 am

>37 bragan: I thought I'd read this, but apparently not! Will have to hunt it down.

Also, did you hear that Alex Kingston will be writing a River Song story? It's called The Ruby's Curse and will be out on May 20.

Fev 13, 2021, 2:59 pm

>40 rabbitprincess: You should! I bet you'll enjoy it.

And, no, I hadn't heard that! This is a print story, and not a Big Finish thing?

Fev 13, 2021, 4:28 pm

>42 bragan: Yep, a print book! Although I hope there will be an audiobook version, and that she will read it. That would be perfect.

Fev 13, 2021, 5:20 pm

>43 rabbitprincess: I don't really do audiobooks, but even I think that would be pretty awesome.

Fev 18, 2021, 8:07 am

Fev 18, 2021, 8:21 am

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Fev 22, 2021, 9:27 pm

14. Network Effect by Martha Wells.

Fev 24, 2021, 6:21 am

>47 bragan: I read and greatly enjoyed Wells' All Systems Red, hope you enjoyed this one.

Fev 24, 2021, 10:38 am

>48 Caramellunacy: I've really enjoyed the whole series. I'm only sorry I've run out of it now!

Editado: Fev 26, 2021, 4:17 pm

15. Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison.

Fev 27, 2021, 4:39 am

>49 bragan: I'm really sorry the Martha Wells books are not translated. My friends in my RL book-group enjoy them so much but I find reading fantasy books in English a challenge.

Fev 27, 2021, 10:36 am

>51 connie53: Oh, that's way too bad! I hope they are sometime soon.

Fev 27, 2021, 1:24 pm

I hope so too, Bragan. I see how much my friends enjoy them.

Fev 28, 2021, 9:01 pm

And that's it for February, it seems!

February 2021

Books Acquired: 1
Books Acquired YTD: 16
Books Read: 8
Books Read YTD: 19
ROOTS Read: 6
ROOTS Read YTD: 15/85
Current TBR Total: 1,099
TBR Total Change YTD: -2

So, fewer books read in Feb. than in Jan., but maybe we can blame that partly on it being a short month. The good news is, I was a very, very good girl with the book-buying! I refused to open any book catalogs or click on any bookstore webpages, and the only book I acquired this month was an LT early reviewers win. Go, me!

That also means that I've now made up for all the books I acquired in January, and my TBR is now smaller -- if only slightly -- than it was at the end of the year.

Now the question is, can I keep it up?

Mar 1, 2021, 5:05 pm

Woo hoo! Excellent work resisting the temptations of the book catalogues and bookstore websites!

Mar 1, 2021, 5:08 pm

>55 rabbitprincess: It's so haaaaaaaard! I deserve a reward. Like a book!

Wait, no... :)

Mar 3, 2021, 1:01 pm

Onward into March!

16. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.

Mar 5, 2021, 4:46 am

>54 bragan: Not buying books is a good but difficult thing. I keep my self away from bookish newsletters, but I get hit by BB's here all the time.

Mar 5, 2021, 9:15 pm

>58 connie53: It's true, this is a dangerous place when you're trying to avoid book-buying! I mostly just end up putting lots of books on my wishlist and then trying to convince myself not to look at it too much. :)

Mar 6, 2021, 8:56 am

>59 bragan: That's what I do too. My wishlist gets bigger by the day.

Mar 6, 2021, 5:44 pm

>61 Jackie_K: Mine is ridiculously big by this point!

Mar 19, 2021, 9:55 pm

18. The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.

Editado: Mar 20, 2021, 12:02 am

19. Geek Ink by the creators of Inkstinct.

Mar 20, 2021, 5:15 am

20. Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.

Mar 20, 2021, 8:51 am

>65 bragan: Wow, Bunnicula is 40 years old?! My internal clock is off by at least a decade...

Mar 20, 2021, 5:50 pm

>66 rabbitprincess: It is! Or rather, it was in 2019. Which I'm afraid just makes it worse. :)

Mar 23, 2021, 6:41 am

21. Supernormal Stimuli by Deirdre Barrett.

Mar 25, 2021, 10:33 pm

Mar 26, 2021, 3:05 pm

>69 bragan: Ooh I really want to read this one!

Mar 26, 2021, 10:47 pm

>70 Jackie_K: It's a lot of fun!

Mar 30, 2021, 1:50 pm

23. The Case of the Imaginary Detective by Karen Joy Fowler.

Abr 1, 2021, 3:55 pm

And that's March done with! So, let's see...

MARCH 2021

Books Acquired: 3
Books Acquired YTD: 19
Books Read: 10
Books Read YTD: 29
ROOTS Read: 8
ROOTS Read YTD: 23/85
Current TBR Total: 1,092
TBR Total Change YTD: -9

Yay, the TBR is still going in the right direction! The only additions I made this month were another ER book and a couple of extremely belated Christmas gifts from a friend. Now, April, I fear, will be a different matter, as I maaaaay have already ordered a few things, but I am optimistic about not losing progress, anyway.

Editado: Abr 4, 2021, 5:25 am

Hi Bragan, just popping in to wish you a Happy Easter!

Ohoh You did some ordering!!

Abr 3, 2021, 3:04 pm

>74 connie53: Only just a teeny little bit of ordering. :)

Thanks and Happy Easter to you, too!

Abr 4, 2021, 3:12 pm

24. Mysteries of the Mall and Other Essays by Witold Rybczynski.

Abr 4, 2021, 8:28 pm

Abr 10, 2021, 5:49 pm

26. Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brian.

Abr 16, 2021, 12:13 am

27. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood.

Abr 21, 2021, 9:00 pm

28. Circe by Madeline Miller.

Abr 23, 2021, 3:21 am

29. Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks by James Goss, Jonathan Morris, Julian Richards, Justin Richards, and Matthew Sweet.

Abr 23, 2021, 5:00 am

>80 bragan: What did you think of this book, bragan? Curious to know that.

Abr 23, 2021, 6:47 am

>80 bragan: It was really good!

Abr 25, 2021, 4:26 am

Good to know. Some of my RL book club friends are reading this and I was wondering if I wanted to join them. One step nearer to do that now.

Abr 25, 2021, 10:11 am

>84 connie53: I don't know if everyone likes it quite as much as I did, but a lot of people seem to, and for what it's worth, I do recommend it!

Abr 25, 2021, 8:50 pm

30. The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

Abr 29, 2021, 1:08 am

31. Enchanted Pilgrimage by Clifford D. Simak.

Maio 1, 2021, 12:20 pm

And that's another month down...

APRIL 2021

Books Acquired: 7
Books Acquired YTD: 26
Books Read: 9
Books Read YTD: 38
ROOTS Read: 8
ROOTS Read YTD: 31/85
Current TBR Total: 1,090
TBR Total Change YTD: -11

So, that's more books acquired and fewer read this month than I really would have liked, but at least I'm still going in the right direction.

Maio 1, 2021, 5:05 pm

32. The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper.

Maio 7, 2021, 5:50 pm

33. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.

Editado: Maio 9, 2021, 3:13 am

Hi Bragan. Visiting your thread and do my rounds along the ROOTers threads.
>88 bragan: nice stats and certainly going in the right direction.

Maio 8, 2021, 10:33 pm

>91 connie53: Hello and thanks!

Maio 16, 2021, 1:28 am

34, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World by Ryan North, Will Murray, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi.

Maio 20, 2021, 12:59 am

35. Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree, Jr.

Maio 26, 2021, 11:38 pm

36. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.

Maio 28, 2021, 11:55 pm

37. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

Jun 1, 2021, 4:38 pm

And the year just keeps on passing...

MAY 2021

Books Acquired: 3
Books Acquired YTD: 29
Books Read: 10 (including one borrowed from a friend that doesn't count as coming off the TBR)
Books Read YTD: 48
ROOTS Read: 6
ROOTS Read YTD: 37/85
Current TBR Total: 1,084
TBR Total Change YTD: -17

Not too bad, all in all, even if I had hoped to get a bit more reading done this month than I actually did.

Jun 1, 2021, 4:39 pm

>97 bragan: Looks like you're going in the right direction! Well done on the -17 so far this year.

Jun 1, 2021, 5:40 pm

>98 Jackie_K: Yes, I was determined to get it whittled down some, after how much I did the opposite of that last year. So far, not bad!

Jun 6, 2021, 8:19 pm

38. The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, edited by John Joseph Adams.

Jun 10, 2021, 4:12 pm

39. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell.

Jun 13, 2021, 5:03 am

Jun 16, 2021, 1:21 pm

41. There There by Tommy Orange.

Jun 29, 2021, 11:59 pm

42. Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer.

Jun 30, 2021, 1:13 pm

43. Fox 8 by George Saunders.

And that's me passing the halfway point, just on time!

Jun 30, 2021, 4:49 pm

JUNE 2021

Books Acquired: 4
Books Acquired YTD: 33
Books Read: 9
Books Read YTD: 57
ROOTS Read: 6
ROOTS Read YTD: 43/85
Current TBR Total: 1,079
TBR Total Change YTD: -22

Not too bad, so far!

Jun 30, 2021, 6:27 pm

Yay! You're doing very well with the TBR change statistic!

Editado: Jun 30, 2021, 8:19 pm

>107 rabbitprincess: Yep, it's going in the right direction, so that makes me happy!

Jul 1, 2021, 11:00 am

>106 bragan: Echoing rp, good progress with shaving the top off Mt TBR - one stone at a time! I'm at -10, so not as impressive as you, but still the right direction.

Jul 1, 2021, 12:19 pm

>109 Jackie_K: Thanks! Mind you, my Mt. TBR is so huge that I feel a bit like the bird in the fable, wearing away the mountain one grain at a time for some fraction of eternity. :)

But all progress is progress, right? So, go us!

Editado: Jul 5, 2021, 7:03 am

>106 bragan: I love the stats! And you are doing great on reducing the ROOTs.

Got to work on my stats soon too.

Jul 5, 2021, 9:17 pm

>111 connie53: Thanks! I wish you good luck with yours, too.

Jul 9, 2021, 4:15 am

44. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Jul 10, 2021, 3:53 am

45. The Way Through the Woods by Una McCormack.

Jul 10, 2021, 3:18 pm

>114 bragan: Thumbs-up for your review of the McCormack book! I agree she did a good job of capturing that TARDIS team's voices.

Jul 10, 2021, 6:40 pm

>115 rabbitprincess: Which is something I always appreciate, whether the plot 100% works for me or not. Not everybody can do that well!

Jul 14, 2021, 5:39 pm

46. The Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian.

Jul 20, 2021, 7:21 pm

47. The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows.

Jul 24, 2021, 7:04 pm

Jul 28, 2021, 8:44 pm

Ago 1, 2021, 12:56 pm

And that's another month passed!

JULY 2021

Books Acquired: 6
Books Acquired YTD: 39
Books Read: 10 (including one borrowed book that doesn't count as off the TBR)
Books Read YTD: 67
ROOTS Read: 6
ROOTS Read YTD: 49/85
Current TBR Total: 1,076
TBR Total Change YTD: -25

So, more slow but fairly steady progress. I probably would have had fewer books acquired this month, but I had a birthday, and of course, books make excellent birthday presents.

Ago 1, 2021, 7:43 pm

And on into August!

50. The Wanderers by Meg Howrey.

Ago 2, 2021, 4:43 am

Wow, you are reading lots!

Hurries off to get own stats up to date!

Ago 2, 2021, 2:57 pm

>121 bragan: Thanks! I'm right on track with the ROOTing, too, which is nice.

Ago 9, 2021, 7:05 pm

51. If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura.

Ago 12, 2021, 4:02 am

>125 bragan: That title got me to investigate further.

Ago 12, 2021, 11:16 am

>126 connie53: It's definitely an intriguing title, isn't it? The book is interesting, too.

Ago 12, 2021, 11:29 pm

52. Santa Fe Noir edited by Ariel Gore.

Ago 14, 2021, 12:57 pm

53. I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel.

Ago 15, 2021, 8:04 pm

Ago 16, 2021, 10:40 am

>130 bragan: I laughed at that title

Ago 16, 2021, 11:48 am

>131 Caramellunacy: The title made it kind of hard to resist!

Ago 23, 2021, 3:01 pm

55. Doctor Who: The Official Doctionary by Justin Richards.

Ago 27, 2021, 5:31 pm

56. Iorich by Steven Brust.

Ago 30, 2021, 4:46 am

Ago 31, 2021, 7:37 pm

Right, I guess we've pretty much reached the end of August now. Let's see where I stand...


Books Acquired: 2
Books Acquired YTD: 41
Books Read: 12 (including one borrowed book that doesn't count as off the TBR)
Books Read YTD: 79
ROOTS Read: 8
ROOTS Read YTD: 57/85
Current TBR Total: 1,067
TBR Total Change YTD: -34

Hey, that's not too bad, is it? I mean, y'know, all things considered. I think it puts me right on track with my ROOT goal, too.

Set 2, 2021, 1:29 pm

>136 bragan: Hey, if you keep going at this rate then 2022 could be the year that the TBR goes down to 3 figures!

Set 2, 2021, 2:51 pm

>137 Jackie_K: We can dare to dream!

Set 3, 2021, 9:22 pm

58. Talk on the Wild Side by Lane Greene.

Set 10, 2021, 8:02 pm

Set 17, 2021, 6:38 pm

60. Paranormality by Richard Wiseman (which I apparently forgot to record here when I finished it).

61. Trust Exercise by Susan Choi.

Set 18, 2021, 5:02 pm

62. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Set 25, 2021, 6:38 pm

63. Magician: Master by Raymond E. Feist.

Set 27, 2021, 11:54 am

Set 30, 2021, 11:41 am

65. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Editado: Set 30, 2021, 4:23 pm

Well, since September is rapidly departing, I guess it's time for the monthly sum-up again.


Books Acquired: 4
Books Acquired YTD: 45
Books Read: 10 (including one borrowed book that doesn't count as off the TBR)
Books Read YTD: 89
ROOTS Read: 8
ROOTS Read YTD: 65/85
Current TBR Total: 1,062
TBR Total Change YTD: -39

That looks like a pretty good books read-to-books acquired ratio this month! We'll just pretend that's going to continue, and not think too hard about the books I just ordered online the other day that haven't arrived yet, shall we?

Set 30, 2021, 4:58 pm

>146 bragan: They haven't arrived, so don't exist. *winks, taps nose* Your secret's safe with us.

Set 30, 2021, 5:58 pm

>147 Jackie_K: That's true! If I can't see them, they can't see me! Or something like that. :)

Out 5, 2021, 10:59 pm

66. Inversions by Iain M. Banks.

Out 7, 2021, 8:13 pm

67. Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller.

Out 9, 2021, 1:20 pm

Good job, Bragan! Love your stats. And I too would not count unseen books -;))

Out 9, 2021, 4:49 pm

>151 connie53: Thanks!

Unfortunately, I have now seen the unseen books. And, um, several more as well, thanks to a couple of ill-timed library sales... :)

Out 10, 2021, 4:02 am

>152 bragan: O my! Horrible!

Out 10, 2021, 11:51 am

This year’s acquisitions are next year’s ROOTs!

Out 11, 2021, 12:37 am

>153 connie53: I have such book shame! Clearly the only remedy is to read more. :)

>154 Charon07: And quite possibly for many years to come...

Editado: Dez 25, 2021, 11:05 pm

68. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager.

Out 14, 2021, 6:32 pm

69. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

Out 15, 2021, 6:16 am

>157 bragan: What did you think of that one? I enjoyed it, but didn't find it as life-changing as the glowing reviews had led me to believe I would. Fascinating subject though!

Out 15, 2021, 7:30 am

>158 Jackie_K: I agree with you. The subject was fascinating, but the book itself didn't entirely satisfy me, and I suspect it's been a bit over-hyped.

Out 15, 2021, 10:57 pm

70. Doctor Who: Peacemaker by James Swallow

Out 16, 2021, 12:32 pm

>159 bragan: I gave it only 3 stars, but it was a revelation to learn that trees have a social life. I look at trees differently now, and I feel sorry for those isolated ornamental urban trees.

Out 16, 2021, 7:49 pm

>161 Charon07: Yeah, ditto. I think it was worth that extra half-star for me to read all about that, even if it did make me feel a bit sad for those poor things.

Out 20, 2021, 1:20 pm

71. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones.

Out 29, 2021, 2:47 pm

73. Pariah by Bob Fingerman.

Out 30, 2021, 4:34 am

Out 30, 2021, 10:46 am

>166 bragan: That was in the collection Trigger Warning, and it was my favorite from the whole collection. But I tend to prefer novels to short stories, so maybe “The Truth Is a Cave…” was long enough to develop ideas and characters, so it suited my taste more.

Out 30, 2021, 3:09 pm

>167 Charon07: I read it before in that collection, too, but it'd been long enough that I remembered nothing about it other than that it was good. It was still good this time, too, and the illustrations in this volume also gave a little something extra to it. And I think you're right. It does indeed develop almost a novel's worth of stuff in what is still a pretty short space.

Nov 1, 2021, 12:01 am


Books Acquired: 18 (um... oops)
Books Acquired YTD: 53
Books Read: 10
Books Read YTD: 99
ROOTS Read: 9
ROOTS Read YTD: 74/85
Current TBR Total: 1,070
TBR Total Change YTD: -31

So, yeah, the TBR definitely went in the wrong direction this month, thanks to some completely unavoidable book-buying accidents. *cough* Still not doing too badly for the year, though!

Editado: Nov 1, 2021, 3:45 pm

"Accidents". Uh-huh.

(it could have been worse. It's nothing that'd get you arrested)

Nov 1, 2021, 4:49 pm

I'm glad someone is having book-buying accidents, because I have few opportunities for my own such accidents! Another year without my favourite used-book sale... sigh.

Nov 1, 2021, 6:55 pm

>170 Jackie_K: Yes, fortunately my book-related sins are, at least, not illegal. :)

>171 rabbitprincess: Aww. I will live for you, vicariously! And, really, when you put it that way... How could I not go to the book sale, now that they've finally started them up again after so long without? If nothing else, the library needs me!

Nov 3, 2021, 11:34 am

75. Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson.

Nov 9, 2021, 4:50 pm

76. Things in Jars by Jess Kidd.

Nov 17, 2021, 8:20 pm

Nov 23, 2021, 7:55 am

78. Bats by Phil Richardson.

Nov 25, 2021, 6:06 pm

79. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.

Nov 29, 2021, 2:57 am

80. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Dez 1, 2021, 5:42 pm

Here we are, coming up on the end of the year already. And I haven't nearly read all the books yet... Still, I suppose I haven't been doing too terribly, progress-wise.


Books Acquired: 2
Books Acquired YTD: 55
Books Read: 10
Books Read YTD: 109
ROOTS Read: 7
ROOTS Read YTD: 81/85
Current TBR Total: 1,062
TBR Total Change YTD: -39

Dez 11, 2021, 12:07 am

82. The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Dez 12, 2021, 10:55 pm

83. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher.

Dez 19, 2021, 2:13 am

84. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather.

Dez 22, 2021, 3:51 pm

85. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings.

And with that, I HAVE DONE IT! HOORAY!!!!

With luck, there will be at least one more ROOT before the end of the year, maybe more, but I can at least rest easily knowing that I have met my goal!

Dez 22, 2021, 4:28 pm

Hooray, well done!

Dez 22, 2021, 8:55 pm

>185 Jackie_K: Thank you! *throws confetti*

Dez 23, 2021, 2:41 am

>184 bragan: Congratulations!

Dez 23, 2021, 11:29 am

>187 MissWatson: Thank you!

Dez 23, 2021, 8:34 pm

Congratulations! Glad your goal-meeting book was a good one. I liked Brainiac too, having played on the university trivia circuit myself :)

Dez 23, 2021, 10:41 pm

I've never done that, but I did used to enjoy a nice round of pub trivia. :)

Dez 24, 2021, 2:59 pm

>190 bragan: Pub trivia is lots of fun! I love those moments when everyone on the team puts their heads together and gets the group to the right answer.

Dez 25, 2021, 1:00 pm

>156 bragan: That link leads to another book with the same title.

Hello Bragan!

Trying to catch up on threads again. I want to wish you

Dez 25, 2021, 11:05 pm

>192 connie53: Whoops, thanks for pointing out the error there! I've fixed it now.

And wishing all of that back to you, too!

Dez 31, 2021, 9:11 pm

Well, I sure thought I was going to finish at least one more ROOT this year, but the giant tome I am currently in the middle of had other ideas. So, let us see the final totals!


Books Acquired: 20
Books Acquired YTD: 75
Books Read: 6
Books Read YTD: 115
ROOTS Read: 4
ROOTS Read YTD: 85/85
Current TBR Total: 1,076
TBR Total Change YTD: -25

A rather poor showing to end the year on, I'm afraid. That's the lowest "books read" total I've had in a long time, thanks to a couple of really slooooooow reads, plus some busyness around the holidays. As for the "books acquired," well, some of those were Christmas presents. Others were Christmas presents to myself. Others still were... Well, look, how else do you cope with the stress of the holiday season, if not with book-shopping? :)

Anyway. I did hit my ROOT goal for the year, so, yay! And even if I didn't make quite as much progress through the TBR as I might have hoped, that's still a very decent negative number on the last line there, so I'll take it.

And on that note... I hope everyone has had an excellent year of reading, and I wish you the same for 2022! I'll see you all in the new group for the new year! Once I actually get around to setting up a thread there, that is...

Jan 1, 2022, 6:02 am

I think we ended on the same negative number for reduction in TBR. Well done us! :)

Jan 1, 2022, 10:41 am

>194 bragan: Doesn't everyone Christmas shop following the "one for you, one for me" approach? ;)

I too had a lower than usual reading total to end the year thanks to two massive slumps (one in spring and one in fall). Hoping we both have springs in our reading step for 2022!

Jan 3, 2022, 3:03 pm

>195 Jackie_K: Go, us! *high five*

>196 rabbitprincess: Nobody on my list wanted books, so I had to make up for it by buying a bunch for myself. I am certain this makes perfect logical sense and is eminently justifiable. :)

Looking forward to an exciting year of reading in 2022! Just as soon as I finally finish this chunkster. Nearly there......